How to Build a Web Server with PHP 5 and MySQL 5 Support

Configuring and Installing Apache 2

The first step is to download, configure and install Apache 2, which is the web server software. This is the easiest part of our tutorial. Download the latest version from http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi. Choose the mirror nearest to the server you are building. You have an option to choose between 2.2.x series and 2.0.x series, this is up to you. The version you need to download is the “unix source”. Then on command line type something like this, depending on the link you got on this webpage:

cd /root
wget http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/httpd-2.0.59.tar.gz
tar -xvzf httpd-2.0.59.tar.gz
cd httpd-2.0.59
./configure –prefix=/usr/local/apache2 –enable-deflate –enable-ssl –enable-suexec –with-suexec-caller=apache –with-suexec-docroot=/ –with-suexec-datadir=/www/ –enable-mods-shared=most
make
make install

Of course you may add another configuration parameters you may need for your particular installation. The trick is to make sure to use –enable-deflated to install mod_deflate, which is a plug-in for Apache that enables HTML compression, making your web server to present webpages faster and also to save bandwidth.

Also notice where we installed Apache: /usr/local/apache2

Edit /etc/profile and add :/usr/local/apache2 at the end of the PATH statement.

You will also need to edit /usr/local/apache2/conf/httpd.conf to configure your webserver. This configuration procedure, however, isn’t the scope of the present tutorial.

That’s it. Now we need to install and configure MySQL 5. Like we said, this must be done before configuring and installing PHP 5.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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